Eric Johnson



Dial-Up News in a High-Speed World

Dial-Up News in a High-Speed World

For many on this side of the river, their first experience with the Edgefield Daily, edgefielddaily.com, came with the story about the mountain biker allegedly attacked on the bike trail in Modoc, S.C., a story that continues to fuel visits to both the Edgefield Daily and the Metro Spirit website. “That story originally ran on […]

What’s Wrong with the Amphitheater?

What’s Wrong with the Amphitheater?

Sometimes when you need to make a change the best thing you can do is look for answers somewhere else, and when it comes to Augusta’s underused Riverwalk amphitheater, just about everyone agrees the city needs answers. Luckily, there are plenty of people willing to give advice. The 1,800-seat Jessye Norman Amphitheatre at Riverwalk Augusta […]

What’s a Picture Really Worth?

What’s a Picture Really Worth?

Originally Posted September 2011 When it’s in the mug shot papers, it’s hard to define the price   Around 9 p.m. on the night of April 22, Stevie Dement and his wife Cissy were having dinner at the Evans Pizza Joint with Cissy’s 21-year-old daughter and a couple of work associates when Cissy excused herself […]

First Friday Changes Hands, Vows to Be More Art-Friendly

First Friday Changes Hands, Vows to Be More Art-Friendly

After managing First Friday since 2005, the Greater Augusta Arts Council is transferring management of the monthly event to Artists Row, an organization of downtown art galleries. The change, about a month in the making, will take place September 5. According to Greater Augusta Arts Council Executive Director Brenda Durant, the graduation of Jamie Lowe, […]

The New Riverwalk?

The New Riverwalk?

Though last week’s meeting between the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and stakeholders in Riverwalk Augusta, downtown’s signature riverfront amenity, might have resulted in the appearance of a unified front, it’s clear that there are different agendas regarding the $1 million in SPLOST funds the DDA plans to spend on the project. The money, part of […]

Augusta’s Central Park

Augusta’s Central Park

Local real estate broker Billy Franke stands at the base of the new water feature at Augusta’s Pendleton King Park and smiles. The $19,000 waterfall, which features water falling from five separate places and is the cornerstone of a larger project, has been running for three days and everything seems to be working the way […]

Sunday Read Rewind: Growing Olives in Georgia

Sunday Read Rewind: Growing Olives in Georgia

In January of  2012, the Metro Spirit took a look at premium olive oil production in Georgia. Yeah, olive oil production. In Georgia.   When you think of Georgia agriculture, you probably conjure up the usual suspects – peaches, peanuts, cotton and maybe Vidalia onions. If one south Georgia farmer has his way, however, Georgia […]

Group Looks to Save Ice in Wake of Rink Sale

Group Looks to Save Ice in Wake of Rink Sale

When the news first broke last week that the Augusta Ice Sports Center was going to be purchased by new owners not interested in keeping the rink, Micah Hand knew that he and other rink supporters were going to have a tough time trying to save the last remaining ice surface in Augusta. In 2013, […]

Greenville’s Got it All

Greenville’s Got it All

You’ve heard it before. Pretty much everybody’s heard it before. “If only Augusta could be more like Greenville.” It’s easy to envy Greenville, S.C., and it makes sense to do it. By all accounts, downtown Greenville is a pretty awesome place. It has restaurants and shopping and businesses, and more than that it has people […]